Winkler Hall set to fall…

Appalachian State University landmark faces explosive end.

The team at Contract Drilling and Blasting LLC will be making final preparations at Winkler Hall at Appalachian State University before the structure is imploded at 8 am (local time) this Sunday (weather permitting).

A 1,000-foot perimeter has been identified by the contractors, D.H. Griffin Company, beyond which only authorized personnel will be admitted. Because a clear line of sight outside the safety perimeter is limited, the implosion can best be viewed by webcast .

Built in 1974, the 11-story residence hall housed 132 students. Because the cost to renovate Winkler Hall proved to be impractical, the building is being razed. The site will be analyzed as a potential location for a new residence hall.

Read more here.